Mob Set Police Station Ablaze In Anambra Following Shooting Of Cyclist

Kenechukwu Ofomah

Kenechukwu Ofomah

Awka – Igboukwu Police Station in Aguata Council Area of Anambra State was on Wednesday set ablaze by an angry mob following the shooting and subsequent death of a motorcycle rider in Igboukwu Community on Tuesday night.

The incident which happened at about 10:30pm last night, was as a result of enforcement of the recent restriction on movement of motorcycles beyond 9pm in the State.

TNC gathered from an eye witness whose name is withheld that some motorcycle operators who bikes were seized by the police had confronted the policemen over their demand for money.

He revealed that in a bid to disperse the people, the policemen opened fire and shot a commercial motorcyclist and he died on the spot.

According to him, the mob comprising commercial motorcycle operators, were on their way to Ekwulobia police station to also set the station there ablaze, as at the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, the Police in Anambra say it has ordered for the detention of the policemen involved in yesterday’s shooting of a motorcycle rider at Igboukwu in Aguata Council Area of Anambra State

The Commissioner of Police, John Abang in a statement on Wednesday, said he is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident, ordering full-scale investigation into the matter.

“An altercation had ensued between police operatives and motorcycle riders in Igboukwu over some impounded motorcycles degenerating into chaos which led to an accidental discharge that hit one motorcycle rider.

“Some angry youths had mobilized and proceeded to burn the Igboukwu police station,” the CP said in the statement.   

He further appealed for calm and assured the public that justice would be done in the case and the outcome of Police investigation will be made public in due course.

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